Auto recalls expose countless US drivers to accidents and personal injury risks daily. Unfortunately, not all car owners are aware of the risks of driving a vehicle with an open recall. As a result, preventable accidents happen, putting lives at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some automakers are more likely than others to produce vehicles that will later be subjected to auto recalls. In 2023, Ford is leading the charge as the car manufacturer with the most auto recalls impacting 4.1 million vehicles in the United States this year alone.
If you own a Ford vehicle, you might have been impacted.
Ford Issues 31 Recalls In 2023
Regulators with the NHTSA reported that Ford’s 31 auto recalls this year alone are responsible for exposing over 4 million vehicle owners to potential risks. Coming in second is the manufacturer Stellantis with 26 recalls that impact 1.7 million vehicles and in third comes Honda, whose 11 recalls impact 2.8 million vehicles nationwide.
Despite the high number of recalls and vehicles affected by quality issues, this isn’t the first time Ford is under the spotlight for its high number of vehicles impacted by an equipment issue. As a matter of fact, the company has vowed to work hard to rectify past problems, hoping to boost quality in order to avoid repeated recalls.
Company’s Attempts To Prevent Recalls Under Question
In May, Ford took extra steps to help prevent quality issues by introducing a new “zero-defect launch process” focusing on its popular line of trucks. By introducing more quality assurance checks during the production process, the firm hopes to be able to identify potential issues ahead of time to prevent having to pull out vehicles from the market after their launch. However, the high number of recalls issued in 2023 continues to put pressure on the manufacturer.
In 2022, Ford had issued 65 recalls by the end of the year, impacting over 8.6 million vehicles. If things don’t improve, Ford could end up recalling as much if not more vehicles than last year by the end of 2023.
As personal injury attorneys, we are well aware of the risks associated with vehicles fitted with defective equipment or faulty parts. Knowing how many Seattle drivers own Ford vehicles, it is important for us to see the manufacturer improve its assurance checks in order to prevent accidents.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by equipment failure, do not hesitate to contact us.
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